"A must read for anyone who has undergone or is going through challenges that seem to big to overcome"
Title: Until the Brighter Tomorrow: One Woman's Courageous Climb from the Projects to the Podium
Author: Valerie Irick Rainford
Published: September 2014
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A true-life, sometimes gritty yet ultimately triumphant story, Until the Brighter Tomorrow is told straight from Valerie Rainford's heart. The daughter of southern sharecroppers, she takes the reader through her challenging young life in the projects, where her mother's steadfast work ethic and undying support motivates Valerie to choose a different path than that of her high school friends. After the devastating deaths of both her brother and mother, Valerie-determined to beat the odds-embraces her generational current of strength and goes on to graduate from Fordham University, accomplish impressive career firsts, and rise to her present position as a successful corporate executive. With the pulse of a finely written novel, this inspiring memoir radiates with the author's belief that anything is possible if one has enough faith, tenacity, and trust in oneself.
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"What an incredible story! Women everywhere suffer through many of the same life challenges but often carry the burdens of shame and guilt, sometimes losing their sense of self altogether. Until the Brighter Tomorrow is an inspiring must-read, a raw, authentic account that reminds us of the power of courage, strength and perseverance."
Carol Evans, President,
Working Mother Media
"Until The Brighter Tomorrow" is simply a book to love and a must-read for those who are serious about navigating life's tragedies to lead a fulfilling life....Don't miss this important gem."
George C. Fraser, Author,
Success Runs In Our Race and Click
“All I can say is WOW! Your memoir reads like a novel. Although I have heard many parts of your story before, I was and continue to be captivated and inspired. Congratulations on sharing this story with the world."
Marsha Haygood, Co-author,
The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women
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